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Patriots – Jets, Who Has the Razor’s Edge – Key Matchups

Steve Balestrieri
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6 years ago at 6:00 am ET
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Patriots – Jets, Who Has the Razor’s Edge – Key MatchupsJames Lang - USA TODAY Sports

Patriots RBs vs Jets Front Seven – Razor’s Edge Jets
The Jets have an outstanding front seven featuring Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, rookie Leonard Williams as well as linebackers David Harris and Calvin Pace. The Jets are extremely stout at the point of attack and are giving up an average of only 82.6 yards per game.

The Patriots injuries along the offensive line especially with Nate Solder lost for the year will have a rough time trying to pound the ball against this defense. Look for more Dion Lewis (if he’s healthy), to run some quick hitters to try to keep the defense honest.

Patriots WRs vs Jets Secondary – Razor’s Edge New England
Brady continues to shine through the first five games of the season leading the league in passer rating and operating at a very high level. With Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis out of the backfield, he’s had a plethora of weapons to choose from. Brandon LaFell may play this week, coming off PUP and that is a great sign for the offense.

The Jets defense is outstanding against the pass; Revis and Cromartie allow them to shut down opponents top receivers outside the numbers while Bowles mixes in blitzes to confuse and disrupt the opponents’ passing game. With New England’s patchwork OL this will be a key area to watch.

One key this week is the Jets slot corner Skrine who is suffering from a concussion. If he can’t go and his backup Marcus Williams who is suffering from a bad hamstring can’t play it will leave them with Dexter McDougle who has only played STs until last week. That will be a mismatch against Amendola.

Next up the Jets offense:


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